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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by todd burns, Sep 7, 2017.
And I am not up to doing it myself. Can anybody recommend someone in PA who can do it? Thanks.
Did you find anyone?
No nothing yet. I’ve gotten side tracked by a couple other projects. Still needs done though.
Get it sprayed with truck bed liner like linex.
I have two identical 112 cabs except the tolex is different colors. Picked them up used. Just want them to match. Don’t want to get into a lot of $. I don’t really have the skill set, patience, or time to do it myself.
Call around the amp repair shops and ask. They'll either do it themselves or know someone that does. Also anyone that specializes in car interior restoration should have all the skills & tools necessary.
I have one like that and it is pretty cool.
Krylon makes a spray paint for plastics that might be a quick and simple way to make your cabs match.
If it flakes off then you are back where you started, with only a few bucks wasted.
Disclaimer: I haven't tried it on Tolex.
I'm about the make the decision on getting Tolex and doing it myself. Two Epifani cabs currently wrapped in rat fur. One is fine, the other is a bit ripped up. I love the look of the red DIST cabs, so I'm leaning towards getting some British Levant Red tolex from MojoTone.
Watched many videos of people doing it. Doesn't seem too hard. I'm sure it would be better if I had practice, but it would be more than $200 per cab to have someone else do it. I also don't want to go through the effort to remove the speakers and wires and deal with shipping two cabinets and waiting for them. If I do it myself, at least I still have my cabs in case a last minute gig comes up.
The biggest variable from what I've seen is the glue. There are different levels of curing speed and ease of use. Also, I would possibly need a mask and maybe make this an outdoor job due to fumes.
But they are going to look very cool.
Look for a local upholsterer. That's what I did with my Ampeg pb112.
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If you go DIY, remove the rat fur is whole pieces if possible. Then use those as templates to cut the telex. Best of luck! Well worth the effort any time you can rid this earth of rat fur!
One thing you can do, is use an auto upholstery dye for plastics, but that's still a diy job you may not be up for. One of the most prominent brands is SEM. They make a whole line of manufacturer grade dyes and the appropriate cleaners and preps to make it happen. It would be permanent and not chip or flake like the garbage over-the-counter stuff you can purchase at the auto parts chains. It's not a $20 job, maybe more like $40-80 depending on cab size, condition of the tolex, and how much effort you'd want to put into doing it right.
Depending on what kind of tolex your cabs have, it's also possible you'd have one of them re-covered, and the material/color/or sheen still didn't match exactly. That's also likely if you just painted one.
You could also try Duratex. It's made for speaker cabinets. It comes with a roller. Just roll it on.
I bought the small trial size kit to cover a rack case I made and it turned out great. And there was a lot left over. You might be able to do your cab with the trial size kit depending on the size.
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Find a local furniture upholsterer. Show them some images of how it should be done, they will figure it out. The price for covering should be reasonable.
The old vinyl will need to be stripped. The wood will have to be filled and repaired before the new skin is applied.
Tolex is available from Antique Electronic Supply or Mojotone. The first place will send you a few samples if you are unsure as to which one to order.
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